Tetu voters storm hotel over alleged JP nominations rigging plan
Over 200 residents and leaders from Tetu constituency on Tuesday night stormed Aberdare Country Club in Nyeri after receiving reports of rigging plans in the coming Jubilee Party nominations.
The angry residents stormed the hotel and flushed out over 50 Tetu presiding officers who were being hosted for dinner by Tetu MP, Ndung’u Gethenji’s Chief campaigner, Fianjo Mathenge. Mathenge was later expected to address the presiding officers.
The residents, led by other Jubilee aspirants Gichuhi Mwangi, Peter Kamuthu, Githinji Kinyanjui and Martin Githigaro stormed the hotel at 10.30 pm in a convoy of over 10 vehicles accompanied by their supporters.
Some of the presiding officers managed to escape but others were arrested by the angry residents who later handed them over to the police.
But residents were able to confiscate the MP’s car KBH 555Y, a red Porshe Cayenne, some photocopies of election papers and also arrested Mathenge.
Mathenge was also roughed up by the angry crowd before being handed over to the police who had by then arrived at the hotel.
The election list per polling station showed that the MP could have garnered 23, 000 more votes in the Friday Jubilee nominations out of possible 55, 000 registered voters.
Mwangi said Ndung’u Gethenji should be disqualified from the race over election malpractice while Kamuthu said the list of presiding officers should be cancelled immediately failure to which they would not participate in the voting exercise.
Efforts to contact the MP were fruitless as he could not be reached on phone.
By Martin Munyi